Buffalo and I are at wits end. Our six year old, Lucas, has been acting out at school, at daycare, and at home. He is using inappropriate language at meal times and in class (read, making fart noises, calling out "butthole!!" in the middle of silence, and other shenanagins that would leave Beavis and Butthead snickering), doing the opposite of what adults tell him to do, pitching fits about everything, he's taken to hitting himself at daycare, at home we can't talk to him without him spacing out and starting a new conversation about... paper airplanes or anything other than whatever we are saying to him, and last night I got the full on screaming, crying "I HAAAAAATE YOU!!! I WANT A NEW FAMILYYYYY", screaming, trying to hit and kick me, and trying to break things and punch and kick doors to try to put holes in them, because I wouldn't make him mac n' cheese (this ain't a short order diner kid, we're having what I made for the family, get over it). I try to remain as calm as possible and remind him that I love him, while attemping to put him in time out (for 6 mins, because he is 6), but he won't sit quietly, so I try to send him to his room. He won't go to his room, and when I approach him he freaks out and says he is scared I'm going to hit him--which I have never done, and no one else has either. It just progressed and got worse until Buffalo got home and then Lucas fizzled out and we had dinner and he said burgers and now his favorite and can we have them for every meal forever. We had a similar incident this morning when I wouldn't let him go back for a toy on our way out the door because we were already running late. We've tried to talk to him and find out what is going on and he will say things like there is something wrong with his brain, he doesn't like himself, or he just doesn't know. He is a very high energy kid and is always running and talking. He is sensitive, and usually a sweet, and unusually caring and empathetic boy. So... please. Impart your wisdom on us. We love our boy so much and want him to feel good about himself and behave... this has been going on for a few weeks now and we are reaching out to all of our communities for advice.